radarsock (621) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2012 Thanks, Adam Jackson, you definitely know how to fuck me up. Pours nighttime black with a khaki head that demonstrates why itís boss (havenít used *tagline* "khaki" in awhile). Smells of bitter chocolate, an intense hop presence, charcoal, caramel and ginger. Very well hidden but still burns by swallow. Tastes of chocolate malt, coffee dregs, oak, microwave-burnt oatmeal and caramel at swallow. Good night.
adamjackson (1733) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Acquired in a trade. Enjoyed at 55F in a Snifter. Bottled March 27th, 2012
A - Pours a viscous midnight black. Very thick and oily. No head at all. Minor lacing on the edge of the glass. Dark amber on the edge of the glass.
S - Big chocolate at the front followed by vanilla and dried figs. Very complex and a more mild bourbon scent than I expected.
T - Wow. Up front though is a very high licorice taste which is a turn off. Pepper, vanilla and gigantic bourbon taste. Follow up is oak and a hint of cheese. Thereís this tropical mango and pineapple taste at the finish.
M - 50% carbonation. Heavy body. The booze is not as noticeable as I would expect. I expected the booze to be much stronger! Itís manageable for 17%+. Finish is this dry boozy and fruity burn that continues for a while.
O - This is a love hate. Iím not wowed, itís not balanced but, for a high ABV, itís still very drinkable. This is surprising but I wouldnít seek it out again. cheers!
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355mL at the RBSG Grand Tasting. Ink pour with weak foam. Nose is soy and animal. Gamey. Taste is soy, sugar, dark chocolate, bitter cocoa, ganache, brown sugar cube. Palate is oily, syrupy, thick. Interesting.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small brown head. Aroma of ash, vanilla, oak, toasted bread, biscuit, and chocolate. Flavor of toasted bread, bourbon, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruit, and caramel. Alcohol is noticeable, but much higher than I would have guessed.
chrisv10 (9414) - DENMARK - JUL 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of adnielsen. Almost black with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon and vanilla. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, little liquorice, vanilla, bourbon with notes of alcohol.
sherm1016 (991) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of ablackshear. Thanks! Pours a thick, jet black color with a mocha tan head. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, roasty. Heavy on the palate with smooth, creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, very sweet, lots of oak and vanilla, bourbon, licorice, molasses, chocolate, a touch of smoke, with a sweet, chocolate, bourbon finish. Absolutely excellent. The 17%+ doesnít show at all. Well done Avery.
michaelinwa (532) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2013 Pours almost oil thick, black with a big brown lasting head and lots of lacing. Aroma is sweet and roasted malt, chocolate an dried fruit. Flavor is complex notes of chocolate, licorice, dried fruit and alcohol. Sweet but so busy with flavor and alcohol that it works well. Finish is sweet, complex, hot, with subtle bitterness, all of which lingers. This is an intense, interesting, layered beer. Really wonderful and screaming to be cellared.
pushkinwow (1553) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Mar 27, 2012. Dark brown with a brown head that fades. Chocolate, some vanilla and oak with the requisite bourbon although it doesnít overwhelm which is nice. Sweet, moderate carbonation, full body, alcohol becomes more predominant on the palate, some anise and more sweetness on the finish.
dlinn (141) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another sweet oak aged beer. Good flavors. Nice aroma. Not quite on par with the stranahans, by amager, but not bad.
wheresyourball (369) - El Cajon, California, USA - JUL 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla and wood. Pours dark black with brown head. Very sweet taste; chocolate, bourbon and wood, maybe some coconut in there. A little burn on the back end. Pretty tasty.